Skip to comments.U.S. seizes $2.3 mln in Bitcoin paid to Colonial Pipeline hackers
Posted on 06/07/2021 3:08:51 PM PDT by Navy Patriot
Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said investigators had seized 63.7 Bitcoins, now valued at about $2.3 million, paid by Colonial (COLPI.UL) after last month's hack of its systems that led to massive shortages at U.S. East Coast gas stations.
An affidavit filed on Monday said the FBI was in possession of a private key to unlock the hackers' Bitcoin wallet. It was unclear how the FBI gained access to this key.
"Today, we've turned the tables on DarkSide," said Monaco, referring to a ransomware group widely believed to have been behind the crippling fuel pipeline attack.
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It sure would be easy to "turn the tables" on Darkside if the "partnership" was actually with NSA Spooks masquerading as "Russian Hackers" Orchestrating the entire operation.
It would also explain the FBI "possession" of the Private Key to the Hackers Bitcoin Wallet
Either that, or somebody really messed up on the hacker team.
Knew the Feds were onto them. Would not be surprised if they are tracked and the rest of the Bitcoin recovered.
Then all the hackers are disappeared.
ChiCom Joe is a nasty old pedo and now he’s demented so he’ll sign anything they put in front of him.
So I take the private key wasn’t brute-forced hacked. If it was, that doesn’t speak highly of Bitcoin’s encryption.
BTC private key info.:
All coins were surging this morning until this news emerged. Collapsed after that.
i think the FIB actually made the transaction and followed it from there
So they didn’t get it all back. I wonder how bitcoins the fib kept.
Maybe the fib actually just looked at hunters laptop and found the keys there.
$35.5k down to $31k and then the slow recovery. Until more people see the news tonight or tomorrow.
Due to a loss in confidence by the investors in bitcoin no doubt. Worried their investments will become vaporware if the encryption fails.
If the FBI can do it, so can most anyone else. How save is Bitcon?
What concerns me is the connection to the government which has devalued our own currency by more than 95% over my lifetime. If they can get their hands on crypto that defeats the reason I found it attractive.
Sure ……. And the sheep will line up to believe this nonsense.
Hey everybody I have 4 beanstalk beans, valued at 4 gagillion bazillion dollars.
On a side note, I’m thinking that if they actually did this, they could actually ID then. Nope
An inside job, inside the IC that is.
I’ll bet they’re going to frame someone.
I wonder who that’s going to be.
I have never seriously considered getting into cryptocurrency, but if I did, this one story would scotch it completely. If the FBI can hack and steal your wallet contents, nobody’s bitcoins are safe. Let’s face it. The FBI is not the sharpest tool in the shed. If they can do it, I’m sure other hackers can as well.
Did the FIB cash out their bitcoin before or after making this announcement?
I remember watching US Customs shows and they always had the dog find the drugs, even when the drugs were vacuum-sealed. It then occurred to me that perhaps the dogs were getting a little help from Customs to make their dogs appear to be able to sniff through vacuum-sealing (even though air can’t get through) - such as some a bit of scent on the outside of the packaging.
So one has to wonder if it was all a set-up by Uncle Sam. They may be the ones blackmailing the pipeline, and then the intercepting the ransom. That way real players around the world realize that Bitcoin may not be quite as secure as they claim.
...we’ll probably never know, but I certainly wouldn’t put this past our masters.
LMAO, imagine Biden even talking to a 10 year old child, about Bitcoin and Ransomware, let alone to Vald Putin? Totally Insane!
They should go after the Biden crime family with as much zeal.
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